CGPSS

​​​​​​​​​​​​Key Facts

​What is the CGPSS?

The CGPSS is the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey, which is conducted at institutions across Canada. Through this survey, you can share your opinions about your graduate experience with your department, Faculty, and U of T’s senior administrators.

Why should students do the survey?

  • This is an opportunity to tell us what we’re doing right and where we can improve.

  • It allows us to evaluate and compare the graduate student experience across U of T.

  • Aggregated results are reviewed by units and Faculties and used in quality reviews.

Who will be eligible to complete the survey?

Degree-seeking students registered in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 with a valid U of T email address. Students in certain professional programs (Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA) and diploma programs are excluded.

When does the survey run?

The survey will be available online from February 8 to March 18, 2016.

How do students access the survey?

​Eligible students will receive an email invitation February 8 with a unique URL which will link them to the survey.

​How long does the survey take?

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete in one sitting.

Incentives

All students who complete the survey are eligible for one of two $500 pre-loaded credit cards.

Additional information

  • All responses will be kept confidential.

  • We want to hear from all students and would ideally like to boost responses of certain subgroups:

    • Doctoral students in the later year of their studies

    • Students in professional programs

  • This is the 5th time the CGPSS is being run. It was previously run in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2013.

  • For more information, please see the FAQs below.

​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions

​​​1. What is the CGPSS?

The CGPSS is the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey, which is conducted at institutions across Canada. Through this survey, you can share your opinions about your graduate experience with your department, Faculty, and U of T’s senior administrators.

2. When does the CGPSS run?

The CGPSS will be available to complete online from February 8 to March 18, 2016.

3. How long does the survey take?

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey all at once, or save your answers and complete in multiple sessions.

4. How do I access the survey?

Eligible students will receive an email invitation from the President and Dean of SGS. The email will contain a unique url which will give you access to the survey.

5. Who is eligible to do the survey?

Eligible students are those in degree programs who were registered in both Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 and have a valid utoronto.ca email address. Students in certain professional programs (Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA) and diploma programs are excluded.

6. What are the prizes?

All students who complete the survey before the March 18, 2016 close are eligible to win one of two $500 pre-loaded credit cards.

7. How am I entered into the draw for the prizes?

Each student who is invited to participate in the survey is given a unique url. After the student completes the survey, the student is automatically entered into the draw. The survey closes on March 18, 2016. We will draw the prize the week of March 21, 2016.

8. Why should I do the survey?

Responding to the CGPSS is your opportunity to share what’s working well and where improvements can be made. The results allow the University to evaluate and compare the graduate experience across programs at U of T and with universities across Canada.

9. What questions are asked in the CGPSS?

You will be asked questions about your satisfaction with the graduate experience in a number of areas: satisfaction with program, quality of interactions and coursework; professional skills development; research experience; presentations and publications; advisor and thesis/dissertation/research paper; financial support; university services; and student/social life. You will also​ be asked a number of general assessment and demographics questions.

10. How are the results reported?

The aggregated results will be reported to your department and your Faculty Dean; they are used by senior administrators to evaluate graduate programs and services. The results are also used in provostial quality assurance reviews. A public report of results from all respondents is made available on the U of T website and presented at academic committees across the University.

11. Who sees the results? Will my responses be kept confidential?

Your participation in the survey is optional. No one is able to access or see individual responses except for two researchers who are analyzing the survey. Your responses will be kept in strictest confidence and your personal information will be protected at all times. No individual’s answers will ever be identified in any report.

The University of Toronto respects your privacy. Personal information that you provide to the University is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971 and protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information on the University’s privacy policies, please refer to www.utoronto.ca/privacy.

12. Do other institutions besides U of T participate in the CGPSS?

Since 2007, the CGPSS has been administered nationally. Approximately 50 universities across Canada will participate in the CGPSS in 2016.

13. Has the CGPSS been run at U of T before?

Yes, the CGPSS 2016 will be the 55h time the survey has been run at the University of Toronto. It was previously administered in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2013; view the results​.

14. I’m a first year student. Why should I do the survey?

Although you may be relatively new to U of T, your impressions and feedback are just as important as those of a student who has been at U of T for several years. We want to hear from you! By completing the survey, you also have the chance to win some prizes.

15. I’m a final year student. Why should I do the survey?

Having been at U of T for multiple years, your opinions about the graduate experience are very important! Although you may have graduated by the time the results are released, your responses will help improve the graduate program for incoming students. By completing the survey, you also have the chance to win some prizes.

16. I’m a professional master’s student and I’m not often on campus. Why should I do the survey?

The structure and non-academic demands of professional programs may differ from those of doctoral stream programs. It is important for us to know how and whether these differences influence your graduate experience. By completing the survey, you also have the chance to win some prizes.

17. What if I have other questions?

You can contact Corinne Pask-Aubé, Senior Planning & Budget Officer, at cgpss@utoronto.ca​.

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